Home to Pro but its not genuine (huh?)

By spookn
Oct 3, 2006
  1. OK, first of all, ya gotta love cheap ppl! Always trying to save a buck. And then it costs more!
    I am fixing (trying) a PC that has Home on it. They (I assume) tried to load Pro from somewhere (of course no one knows how this happened).
    When it boots, a window appears that states: " This copy of windows is not genuine. You have not resolved the issue yet and are not eligable for security updates,,,
    Then two options to clk on, "Get Genuine now", or "resolve later."
    This window states that it is windows pro, but the OS when you hit "resolve later", is Home (which was the original OS). That is why I figure someone tried to upgrade to pro in a bad way.
    Can't do a sys restore.
    Does anyone know of a way to get it back to home without the boot message?
    Re formatting being the last option.
    Thanks in advance
  2. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    Well the problem is its an illegal copy of windows and it was bootlegged, piracy whatever you want to call it, thats why it wasnt a paid verison so its not genuine so microsoft wont allow it duh Bill Gates has to eat too lol.
  3. spookn

    spookn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I just noticed in the Boot.ini file, at the end ,,,fastdetect/NoExecute=OptIn

    Ive never noticed the noexcute=optin before, anyone know what it is?
    I dont agree with stealing from Bill, even if he is the richest man on earth, but I'm getting paid to fix it, not care how it got broken :) duh
  4. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    Oh im sorry I thought YOU illegaly did it sorry
  5. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    I think the message you see is due to the WGA download (update). If you system restore prior to it being installed, the message should disappear.
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    Please read the entire post before adding to the thread.
  7. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    What doe sthe boot.ini say?
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